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.s. ambassador to iraq. if confirmed, i will deepen our collaboration with iraq and its people and secure our vital interests. i look forward to collaborate with you and your staff and encourage you to visit iraq to see the important work we're doing there. thank you for the opportunity to testify today. i welcome your questions. >> thanks very much. can you share with me in answer to the question i raised about the iranians using iraqi airspace in order to support assad? what have we been doing -- what have you been doing, if anything, to limit that use? >> i have personally engaged in this repeatedly at the highest levels of the iraqi government. my colleagues in baghdad have engaged in this and every single visitor representing u.s. government from the center -- three cell -- 3 visitors have raised it with the iraqis to make it clear we find this unacceptable and we find it not helpful and detrimental to the region and to iraq and of course to the syrian people. this is something that needs to stop and we are pressing and will continue to press until the bus stop. >> it may stop when it is
today, they are flying airplanes over iraq into syria to help one of their allies. you mention that everyone at every level has talked to al- maliki about that and you will continue. what is his response when you say you would like him to cooperate with us in our interests? what does he exactly say in response to our efforts? >> the response is typically to express concern about the events in syria. they are very clear that both the prime minister and other iraqi officials have no interest in saying the current government continue, that they are no friends of that regime, that regime has been hostile to them in the past and allow terrorists to come into iraq and been harmful to democracy and institutions and the people in iraq. they are interested in seeing that there is a clear outcome in syria that protects their interests. there have been a little trouble seeing that. >> what about the aerospace issue? why are they continuing to cooperate with iran and that effort? what can they tell you specifically regarding that? what is their response? >> they say engage in all parties a
production in the persian gulf. focusing mostly iraq. they speak about tensions between saudi arabia and iran. -- for the fall semester. and i would just mention in the way of an advertisement that we will be having our next program on october 23. it will be on jordan. jordan, i think it put a title out there of -- in the cross hairs again. we are fortunate to have the vice-president for studies at carnegie endowment for national peace. and a very good personal friend who will be coming as well as dr. kurt ryan, an associate of the latin .ppellati tonight as we gather, i always express my appreciation to the exxon mobil corp., which is a donor. it gives us substantial contributions each year to put on these programs, pay for expenses. and bring some of these guests from out-of-town. i think of them. tonight, we are going to focus on oil and politics in the persian gulf. and really focus on the prominence of this area and the energy market. the persian gulf area as 60% of the world's proven oil reserves. and 40% of the world's proven gas reserves. in fact, six of the top 40 in the countries in
and their family. ft. bliss is the site where the president announced the end of the iraq war two years ago. this is just over 35 minutes. >> hello, cleveland. what up! thank you so much, everybody! thanks for the introduction and your leadership. leading our troops in iraq and taking care of our soldiers now that they are at home. and right at the top, let me say that our hearts are obviously with all of the folks that were down in louisiana and the gulf coast dealing with the aftermath of hurricane isaac, our prayers are with those who have lost loved ones and i've directed the federal government to keep doing everything that it can to help our partners at the state and local level. as a country, we stand united with our fellow americans in the hour of need. i want to thank your general and the great commanders welcoming me here today. i want to give a shout out to the sergeant major of the army, ray chandler. command sergeant major robert kelly. it reminds me that the noncommissioned officers are the backbone of our military, leading the finest in the world. it is great to be back at ft.
? yes. ok - that's fine. >> i served in iraq recently and and i would be curious as to whether the report gives attention to the work we have done in iraq. there were a number of projects that n.e.d. was involved in in iraq and the republican institute assisting the iraqis preparing for elections. i was working at the provincial reconstruction team level. we have voter education as one project. we instructed iraqi schoolchildren on the concept of human rights and the role of the elections in a democratic society for grades 1-12. we were doing work in this area. iraqis complained that some of our efforts in public health was not being sufficiently publicized to the iraqi public. >> we did not really deal too much with the situation in iraq. we were looking at it from a more global point of view. many of the things you're talking about are the kinds of projects that would come under this strategy now. iraq was a different situation. we were there at large numbers with large forces and could operate in a more direct way than we could generally speaking. >> also, i don't want in a
with this country's foreign policy in dealing with iraq and afghanistan? if you are not satisfied, what you think president obama should consider in a way of changes? >> i am not satisfied. as a libertarian, i seek a world at peace with other nations. i look to thomas jefferson's quote for inspiration. america should stop acting as the world's policeman. i do believe in a strong national defense, but the optimum word is defense, not offense. we do not have the money to continue the wars. our money could be more wisely spent here at home. >> todd akin. >> it is important to have a foreign policy to start with. you have to have some basic principles, the guidelines. that needs to an acute -- include iraq, afghanistan, a whole lot of other countries as well. the problem is we have not had that. what it seems like the vacillating policies we have almost punished our friends and helped our enemies. we decided to turn our backs on two of our allies, the czech republic and poland. we had plans to build missile defense. we gave that is a concession to russia. how much has russia helped us with iran? how
of countries including yemen, somalia, and iraq. in particular al qaeda in the arabian peninsula is the group most likely we think to attempt attacks against the united states. we saw this in may with the disruption of an plot to take down an airliner. other groups such as the al qaeda in iraq, as well as militants based in pakistan all pose threats to our citizens and interests in those regions of the formed. -- world. we are also focused on threats poses by iran and hezbollah. iran remains the foremost state sponsor of terrorism over the world. over the past year the threat from iranian sponsored terrorism has increased. inside the united states we remain vigilant to prevent violent extremists from carrying out attacks in the name of al qaeda. this past week the f.b.i. arrest add chicago man after he tried to blow up a crowded bar in the city. a federal judge sentence add virginia man to 0 years in prison for plotting to bomb the u.s. capitol. these plots highlight the danger that al qaeda-inspired extremists pose to our country. beyond these threats we face a period of unrest and a period
policy in dealing with iraq and afghanistan? if you are not satisfi, what you think president obama should consider in a way of changes? >> i am not satisfied. as a libertarian, i seek a world at peace with other nations. i look to thomas jefferson's quotation for inspirion. peace, converse -- commerce, -- america should stop acting as the world's policeman. i do believe in a strong national defense, but the optimum board is defense, not offense. we do not have the mour money cy spent here at home. >> todd akin. >> it is important to have a foreign policy to start with. you have to have some basic principles, the guidelines. that needs to an acute -- includingraq, afghanist, a whole lot of other countries as well. the problem is we have not had that. what it seems like the vacillating policies we have almost punished our friends and helped o enemies. we decided to turn our backs on two of our allies, the czech republic and poland. we had plans to build missile defense. we gave that is a concession to russia. how much has russia helped us with iran? how much has russia helped us with
in dealing with iraq and afghanistan? if you are not satisfied, what you think president obama should consider in a way of changes? >> i am not satisfied. as a libertarian, i seek a world at peace with other nations. i look to thomas jefferson's quotation for inspiration. peace, converse -- commerce, -- america should stop acting as the world's policeman. i do believe in a strong national defense, but the optimum board is defense, not offense. we do not have the money to continue the wars. our money could be more wisely spent here at home. >> todd akin. >> it is important to have a foreign policy to start with. you have to have some basic principles, the guidelines. that needs to an acute -- including iraq, afghanistan, a whole lot of other countries as well. the problem is we have not had that. what it seems like the vacillating policies we have almost punished our friends and helped our enemies. we decided to turn our backs on two of our allies, the czech republic and poland. we had plans to build missile defense. we gave that is a concession to russia. how much has russia helped us
sights to iraq just days after 9/11, i stood up and opposed this war, knowing that it would distract us from the real threats we face. when john mccain said we could just "muddle through" in afghanistan, i argued for more resources and more troops to finish the fight against the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11, and made clear that we must take out osama bin laden and his lieutenants if we have them in our sights. john mccain likes to say that he'll follow bin laden to the gates of hell - but he won't even go to the cave where he lives. [cheers and applause] and today, as my call for a time frame to remove our troops from iraq has been echoed by the iraqi government and even the bush administration, even after we learned that iraq has a $79 billion surplus while we're wallowing in deficits, john mccain stands alone in his stubborn refusal to end a misguided war. that's not the judgment we need. that won't keep america safe. we need a president who can face the threats of the future, not keep grasping at the ideas of the past. [cheers and applause] you don't defeat a terrorist
fight against terrorism and secures the global commons. while the war in iraq is over, nearly 70,000 american troops will still remain in afghanistan at the end of the month. our goal should be to complete a successful transition to afghan security forces by the end of 2014. we should evaluate conditions on the ground and solicit the best advice of our military commanders. we can all agree that our men and women in the field deserve a clear mission, they deserve the resources and resolute leadership they need to complete that mission and the country that will provide for their needs when they come home. [applause] the return of our troops cannot and must not be used as an excuse to hollow out our military to devastating defense budget cuts. [applause] it is true that our armed forces have been stretched to the brink and that is all the more reason to repair and rebuild. we can always find places to end waste but we cannot cancel program after program or jeopardize critical missions or cut corners in the quality of the equipment and training will provide to our men and women in un
and fought alongside this country prosperous soldiers in iraq and afghanistan -- this country's bravest soldiers in iraq and afghanistan. like all veterans, i swore an oath to defend this country. our country made a promise, too. a promise to support us overseas and to fight for us when we came home. i am here tonight to say that president obama has kept that promise. >> yes, sir! >> i noticed -- i now live with my wife and son in the great state of colorado. many of the men and women with whom i served never returned home. others came home bearing visible and invisible scars of battle. when they and their families needed help, our commander in chief was there for them. from extending veterans benefits to strengthening the v.a. health system, president obama knows that the military is the standard for american values. it was wrong that men and women that i served with could be told that they were not good enough just because of their sexual orientation. [applause] soldiers that i trusted with my life and fought alongside with could be discharged simply because of who they loved. preside
multiple tours in iraq and afghanistan. since 2010, he protected american diplomatic personnel in dangerous posts from central america to the middle east. he had the hands of a healer as well as the arms of a warrior. earning distinction as a registered nurse and certified paramedic. our hearts go out to to his wife and his three sons. along with his grieving family, friends, and colleagues. glen doherty was also a former seal and an experienced paramedic. he died protecting his colleagues. he was employed to some of the most dangerous places on earth, including iraq and afghanistan, always putting his life on to safeguard other americans. our thoughts and prayers are with his father, his mother, his brother, and sister, and their grieving families, friends, and colleagues. i was honored to know ambassador chris stevens. i want to thank his parents and siblings who are here today for sharing chris with us and with their country. what a wonderful gift you gave us. over his distinguished career in the foreign service, he won friends to the united states in far-flung places. he made those peop
for not being forthcoming. remember that there was the war in iraq. there was a strong push on the part of the europeans, especially britain, germany, and france not to go to the security council because they saw iran going the way of iraq. going to the security council would be a mandate for war. countries like france had been at odds with the united states over iraq and did not want to be at odds with the u.s. over iran, but wanted to stop the united states from doing what it did to iraq. we had a dramatic event where the foreign ministers of germany, in october, 2003, struck an agreement where iran would embark on uranium enrichment. it is the ultimate in dual use technology. it had the united states stepping back and britain, germany, and france became known as the eu3. in november of 2004, iran went along with this saying they would also be a part of uranium enrichment. but he doesn't buy, eu3 was submitting a proposal to iran promising help for its program. this is where you get another big in theme. the eu3 was unable to do anything because the and the states was not there. they
officer. host: have you traveled overseas? caller: i have done two tours in iraq and two in afghanistan. host: what about president obama leaving iraq and planning to leave afghanistan? aq, he should've gotten a status of forces agreement with the government over there and we should of maintains an air base so we would have a presence. now we have left and recently there were saying how many shipments of weapons from iran are flying over iraqi airspace into syria to support the assad regime with all the atrocities committed over there. in terms of afghanistan, joe biden was the only person in washington who got afghanistan right from the beginning. if you look at the debate with the obama surge happened, when we were going to decide between $10,000, 40,000, and 80,000 troops, it was joe biden, he was the only one who said that, let's stick to our issues and our priorities. i was wounded in afghanistan during a a non-transmission, walking down the street in a dusty village that we were being pulled out of. i was nearly killed for essentially nothing, trying to bring some kind of ideal of
and gentlemen, we are going to end the war in afghanistan as we did in iraq. [cheers and applause] in the process, over the next decade, save over $800 million fifth we are going to come home with that money and bring taxes down to reduce the debt and rebuild america. [cheers and applause] roads, bridges, schools. that will support millions over time. initially, tens of thousands of new, good paying, decent jobs that you can raise a family on. folks, one more thing. in this country, we only have one truly sacred obligation. we have a lot of oigations to the elderly, to the young. we only have one truly sacred obligation. that is to equip and support those whom we sent to war and care for them when they come home from war. [cheers and applause] how many of you either have personally served, have a family member serve, or a good friend who served in either iraq or afghanistan? [cheers and applause] ladies and gentlemen, we owe you a debt that i do not think we can ever fully repay. we know an incredible debt to those goldstar families. every single day, i have my staff check and i p
of our example. where we bring our troops home from afghanistan just as we probably did from iraq. -- probably did from iraq. [applause] -- probably --proudly did from iraq. a future where we fell the only truly sacred obligation we have as a nation. the only truly sacred obligation we have is to prepare those who we send to war and care for them when they come home from war. tonight i want to acknowledge -- [applause] i want to acknowledge as we should every night to the incredible that we owed to the family of those 6473 fallen angels. those 49,746 wounded. thousands critically. thousands who will need help for the rest of their lives. folks, we must never, ever forget their sacrifice. always keep them in our care and prayers. my fellow americans, we now find ourselves at the hinge of history. the direction we turn is literally in your hands. it has been a truly great honor to serve p.o. and to serve with barack who has always stood up with you. for the past four years. i have seen him tested and i know his command and faith. i also know the incredible confidence he has in all o
president obama, who has taken us out of iraq, president obama who has waged a very tough war against al qaeda, has gone after the al qaeda leadership, notably osama bin laden, who has taken out some of the terrorists in yemen, including awlaki, an important terrorist figured there. president obama, because of his actions and his impressive record, has boosted american credibility in some parts of the world. governor romney has been trying to assert that president obama is not strong enough on foreign policy, that he has not supported israel and off, or has been not as tough as he should be on china. i am not sure if that is getting through, and i wonder if governor romney might be better advised in this campaign to articulate in a much more detailed way how he would change american foreign and national security policy on the big issues -- how do we deal with china, russia, how do we get out of afghanistan. we still have 68,000 american men and women in uniform in afghanistan. the debate starts next week, and it looks like foreign policy will be a big part of the debate in the campaign,
for diplomacy with beijing. [applause] my opponent said that it was tragic to end the war in iraq and he will not tell us how he will end the war in afghanistan. i have and i will. [applause] while my upon it was -- would spend more money on military hardware that our trade tiffs do not want, i will use the money we're no longer spending on were to pay down our debt and put more people back to work. rebuilding roads and bridges and schools and runways, because after two wars, at a cost of thousands of lives, it is time to do the nation-building here in home. [applause] >> president obama on the foreign policy. let's return to the floor. >> she was in denver four years ago. now back for this one. did he close the deal tonight? >> i think he absolutely did. absolutely. he laid out his accomplishments, he laid out his plans for the middle class, i absolutely think he did. >> what other speech stood out? >> there have been so many of them. as a woman, i was completely inspired by sandra fluke and sister -- i forgot her name but the nuns on the bus. michelle obama and president clinton were a
," which was somewhat satisfying for someone from my background. no one would argue we were at war in iraq or afghanistan. i wanted evidence he believed we were at war with the groups that had attacked us on 9/11. in august 2009, my wife and i were in phoenix, ariz., for a vfw convention. president obama was the speaker. the president explicitly said, "we are at war with al qaeda and its affiliates." foreign and domestic, law enforcement intelligence. the president was going to use all the authority he had in his backpack like his predecessor. law enforcement authorities when they were useful, but he would not limit himself just to law enforcement authority. he would actually use his authority as commander in chief. after a few weeks in office, president obama was awarded the nobel peace prize. some have said he wanted because he was not president bush and the europeans wanted to confirm that fact. do you recall his acceptance speech in scandinavia? do you recall at the scene at? i watched him carefully. he was here at the protium -- podium and teh camera is here. you can see teh back o --
on our security overseas. four years ago, i said i would end the war in iraq and i did. [cheers and applause] i said we would wind down the war in afghanistan and we are. [cheers and applause] a new tower is rising or the new york skyline. al qaeda is on the path to defeat and osama bin laden is dead. [cheers and applause] >> usa! [chanting] >> usa! usa! usa! usa! usa! >> as we saw last week, we still have threats out there. we saw the attacks on our consulates and we will bring those murderers to justice. and that is why, as long as i am commander in chief, we will sustain the strongest military the world has ever known. [applause] and when our troops come home and they take off their uniforms, we will serve them as well they have -- as well as they have served us. [cheers and applause] if you were in the military, a few protected our people, if you fought for our freedom, you should be taken care when you come home. [applause] mitt romney thinks it was tragic for us to end the war in iraq to and he does not have a plan to end the war in afghanistan. i have and i will. and i wi
to step forward and defend our nation. it is a generation that fought in iraq and still fight in afghanistan. let us dedicate our own lives to giving back to our great nation. as one of our nation possibly%, the strength of our democracy has always rested on the willingness of those who believe in its volume and the will to serve to give something back to this country. it is my privilege to introduce to you the man who spoke those words and lives them every day, our secretary of defense, leon panetta. [applause] >> mr. president, mrs. obama, general dempsey, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, and in particular the family members who lost a loved one here on 9/11. 11 years ago, on a morning very much like this, a terrorist attack the symbols of american- trained. -- american strength. they took the lives of citizens from more than 90 countries. it was the worst terrorist attack on america in our history. today people gather across the united states and around the world to remember the tragic events of 9/11. some take part in ceremonies like this. others spent time in q
the war in afghanistan as we did in iraq. in a responsible way. [cheers and applause] and come home and invest in our roads, our schools, rebuild our country. ladies and gentleman, that alone will create tens of thousands of good paying jobs repairing the damage to infrastructure in this country. it is simple. on like this new republican party -- and i do not use the phrase "new" lightly -- this is not your father's republican party. this is not even mitt romney's father's republican party. we see a future with the rich and the poor do their part in have a part. where my granddaughter's have ies andct same opportunit rights as my grandson's, where women can control their own destiny and there is no longer any debate about the violence against women act. where we are once again no. 1 in the world in college -- number one in the world in college graduates, where we promote the private sector, not the privilege -- privileged sector. we see a future where america lease not by the example of our power, but by the power -- leads not by the example of our power, but by the power of our exa
, then we go to iraq, saddam hussein, he was a good boy at one point. we have to learn to shoot straight when it comes to foreign policy. host: i have to get some other voices in here. bob? go ahead. caller: thank you for taking my call. i had a personal remembrances about 9/11. i woke up at 11:00. my mother, who had died of alzheimer's, said i needed to see this thing on television. i was speaking with a friend of mine over at the spartan route. i said -- you know, these guys are muslim fundamentalists and fanatics. they might have their real names on the manifest. go look at that. follow the money. they went back and confirmed what the fbi report said from earlier that year, which had been kind of pushed under. we got lucky in that times square bombing. we solved that one. thank god the bomb did not off. but you know, we have had 10,000 people die in that war. thank god we got osama bin laden and it was a police action. thank you so much. host: how should we mark the day? last night on facebook we ask all of you to comment on how america has changed in the 11 years. host: you can put y
closest ally. [applause] my opponent said that it was tragic to end the war in iraq and he will not tell us how he will end the war in afghanistan. i have and i will. [cheers and applause] well my opponent was -- would spend more money on military hardware that our joint chiefs do not want, i will use the money we are no longer spending on were to pay down our debt and put more people back to work rebuilding homes and bridges and schools and runways. this calls for thousands of lives and over $1 trillion. it is time to do the nation building right here at home. >> coming across my blackberry is a summary of some of the quotes. james carvill sang it is not one of the best speeches of the -- saying it is not one of the best speeches of the convention. let's talk about foreign policy. a lot of you have seen the john kerry speech. the really interesting brief. we heard a lot from joe biden. in personal and punchy terms and then you hear from the president. we talked about this on the program dreadnought a lot of talk about foreign policy. it is not a top priority. lest democrats see it as a
or iran or iraq. it is unbankable to let 20 or 30,000 troops to stay in iraq. we had the hostages in i ran and we had the two helicopters crashed. that was talked about. if something of that nature presents itself, i woke will work to solve the problem. >> [inaudible] how do think the palestinian problem can be solved? >> i am torn by two perspectives. i have had one for some time which is that the palestinians have no interest in establishing peace and that the pathway to peace is almost unthinkable to accomplish. it is said the palestinians should set up their own country. the conflict between israel and the west bank is right there. that is about 9 miles from tel aviv to the west bank. the other side of the west bank , the iranians would want to do to the west bank what they did through lebanon. they want to bring armaments into the west bank. israel, of course, would have to say that cannot happen. we have to keep the iranians from burning in weapons. -- from bringing in weapons. that means they will control the border between syria and jordan and this new palestinian nation? how about
. it is certainly not at the level of iraq or afghanistan in terms of threats to western companies. there are some sensitivities you have to observe like the -- they decreed banning it. it does not mean it is law and it is that kind of ambiguous thing. for the moment, you have to go with libyan security. what else can i say? i think that for companies investing in libya now, relationships are a big priority. the startup costs are significant. the restrictions, the legal environment is inherited with gaddafi so you can only own some much amount of stock and that kind of thing. that will change but the government has bigger fish to fry now. i do not expect much change in the next year-18 months. i expect turnover in the ministry and places like that. and now is probably the time to start creating relationships that to sustain you in the long term. >> with regard to the question on oil, this is a real concern in the east and what we saw prior to the july 7 election was a pro-i taney armed group shot down the facility. certainly this issue of oil as a leverage by groups in the east could emerge. i am
of iraq, china, iran, the civilizations are very difficult to negotiate. therefore, there's no way but negotiations, but the way you address or you entreat iran is -- if you just tell them what to do and they say okay, sir, we'll do it right away, don't expect that. >> we are almost out of time. i would like to ask one very final, brief question, and ask for brief comments if you wish. there have been some articles, some commentary with respect of journals, that, well, the flipside of the theory, which would be to find a way to bring iran into final compliance with some sort of agreement, and here comes the thought, to make iran a gain toroo guarantor of this system of nuclear nonproliferation, is there in iran, from what you've just said, i get the sense that this could become an attractive idea or may be an attractive idea for some sectors in iran's society. please, brief comments, because those hypotheses have been written in journals, in the united states. >> if i could follow on from what i just said, if you go ahead and read the article, that i showed on the screen, and could
, syria, pakistan, iraq -- i met him in person finally before he was going to pakistan. we spent half a day with him. everything that happened, everything composite to his description -- ryan finished in the last years of the bush administration, presided over a transition that was complex and difficult and retired with the highest title of career ambassador. he came back to texas and worked as the dean of a school. at that point, he was looking at a life that would be his own. fortunately, for the united states, the president called again. in very difficult moments, president obama asked him to come back to national service. being the patriot that he is, he did. he left the school and went back to afghanistan as america's ambassador in a moment when we were beginning yet another transition period this afternoon, we have been very blessed to have him come to carnegie to make this stop but his return from afghanistan. he will speak to us about what the transition in that country holds, what the prospects are at why afghanistan still matters to the united states. ladies and gentlemen, p
in iraq, after nearly $1 trillion of expenditure, it would prevent iran from said the equipment to assad. we have asked, and they have not. this, to me, is a very important signal of where i iraq could go. i think this meets a good deal of attention right now because, as michelle said, syria is a serious, serious situation. we have begun to work multilaterally and cooperatively. therefore, countries like turkey and jordan are taking a much greater role. even the saudis in trying to be helpful. assad must go. it has to happen relatively soon. i think the loss of life is becoming intolerable. and the way in which this loss of lice -- this loss of life is taking place is intolerable. many of us have talked about what happens with the arab spring and the fact that we have nine nations who have been buffeted from the inside and there is no way of telling what kind of stability is going to emerge. that is a huge issue. egypt is a huge issue. egypt is kind of the 800 pound gorilla in the area. whenever you may want to say mubarak recognized israel's right to exist. he recognized a two-state sol
in another war, the war in iraq. the human cost and the extraordinary heroism of this war, it surrounds us. it surrounds us in our cities and our towns. and we'll win this war because of the strength and courage of our own people. some of our friends and neighbors, they saw their last images in baghdad. some took their last steps outside of fallujah. some buttoned their uniform for the last time before they went out and saved their unit. men and women who used to take care of themselves, they now count on others to see them through the day. they need their mother to tie their shoe, their husband to brush their hair, their wife's arm to help them across the room. the stars and stripes wave for them. the word "hero" was made for them. they are the best and the bravest. and they will never be left behind. [cheers and applause] [chanting "u.s.a.!" ] you understand that. and they deserve a president who understands that on the most personal level what they've gone through, what they've given and what they've given up for their country. to us, the real test of patriotism is how we treat the men
reason i am standing here tonight. because in the faces of those young veterans who come back from iraq and afghanistan, i see my grandfather, who signed up after pearl harbor, marched in patton's army, and was rewarded by a grateful nation with the chance to go to college on the gi bill. in the face of that young student who sleeps just three hours before working the night shift, i think about my mom, who raised my sister and me on her own while she worked and earned her degree; who once turned to food stamps but was still able to send us to the best schools in the country with the help of student loans and scholarships. when i listen to another worker tell me that his factory has shut down, i remember all those men and women on the south side of chicago who i stood by and fought for two decades ago after the local steel plant closed. and when i hear a woman talk about the difficulties of starting her own business, i think about my grandmother, who worked her way up from the secretarial pool to middle-management, despite years of being passed over for promotions because she was a woman
affiliation, i would be grateful. why don't we start here in front? yes. ok - that's fine. >> i served in iraq recently and i would be curious as to whether the report gives attention to the work we have done in iraq. there were a number of projects that n.e.d. was involved in in iraq and the republican institute assisting the iraqis preparing for elections. i was working at the provincial reconstruction team level. we have voter education as one project. we instructed iraqi schoolchildren on the concept of human rights and the role of the elections in a democratic society for grades 1-12. we were doing work in this area. iraqis complained that some of our efforts in public health was not being sufficiently publicized to the iraqi public. >> we did not really deal too much with the situation in iraq. we were looking at it from a more global point of view. many of the things you're talking about are the kinds of projects that would come under this strategy now. iraq was a different situation. we were there at large numbers with large forces and could operate in a more direct way than we could
was elected, among other movements, by the anti-war movement, because he was opposed to the war in iraq. hillary was for it. i think that is the reason he is president. that was their main difference. hillary clinton was not able to let go of the war in iraq, was not willing to say that perhaps she was wrong in voting for it until the very end when she saw she is going down. but here now, president obama has inherited the war in afghanistan and continued it, and the strong wars are terrorizing populations. i encourage everyone to look at the report. in pakistan, the people are terrorized. i'm talking about the civilian populations. they are afraid to go out, to send their kids to school. who knows who will be hit next? >> let's take another call. this one comes from brian on the line for republicans. critics like question is about -- caller: my question is about jeffrey in malta and the jobs going overseas. i would like your opinion on that. guest: when u.s. jobs are -- caller: my question is about jeffrey imelt and the jobs going overseas. guest: by a bank that is a very big problem wh
. tyrone woods, is known to most as rone, spent two decades as a navy seal, serving multiple tours in iraq and afghanistan. since 2010, he protected american diplomatic personnel in dangerous posts from central america to the middle east. he had the hands of a healer as well as the arms of a warrior. earning distinction as a registered nurse and certified paramedic. our hearts go out to to his wife and his three sons. along with his grieving family, friends, and colleagues. glen doherty was also a former seal and an experienced paramedic. he died protecting his colleagues. he was employed to some of the most dangerous places on earth, including iraq and afghanistan, always putting his life on to safeguard other americans. our thoughts and prayers are with his father, his mother, his brother, and sister, and their grieving families, friends, and colleagues. i was honored to know ambassador chris stevens. i want to thank his parents and siblings who are here today for sharing chris with us and with their country. what a wonderful gift you gave us. over his distinguished career in the foreign
also held that post in iraq, pakistan, syria, kuwait and lebanon. this is an hour and 45 minutes. >> and good afternoon, everyone coul. it is my pleasure to welcome you this afternoon to hear very special guest to has come back to washington after another operation in diplomatic service in afghanistan. i first encountered ryan almost a decade ago and i don't think he even knew it. i had just finished a stint in delhi and was getting ready to attend washington. they decided that come out of the transition, we would visit afghanistan, go to kabul, because we were both thinking jobs involving were connected to afghanistan. so we had extended meetings in 2003. one day, during those two days of meetings, i walked into the ambassador's conference room. there were a series of photographs of former u.s. ambassadors who had worked in afghanistan. the photographs were put up, but not necessarily the names of the ambassadors. how is trying to make sense of life and identify and like could not. just when i was doing that, of basil came up behind me and put his finger on ryan crocker's photog
more. ladies and gentlemen, we are going to end the war in afghanistan as we did in iraq. [cheers and applause] and in the process, over the next decade, save over $800 million. we're going to come home with that money and put half of it down to reduce the debt and half of it to rebuild america! [cheers and applause] roads, bridges, schools. that will support millions over time. initially, tens of thousands of new, good paying, decent jobs that you can raise a family on. folks, one more thing. in this country, we only have one truly sacred obligation. we have a lot of obligations to the elderly, to the young. we only have one truly sacred obligation. that is to equip and support those whom we sent to war and care for them when they come home from war. [cheers and applause] how many of you either have personally served, have a family member serve, or a good friend who served in either iraq or afghanistan? [cheers and applause] ladies and gentlemen, we owe you a debt that i do not think we can ever fully repay. ladies and gentlemen, we owe an incredible debt to those goldstar famili
wars in this country -- iraq, afghanistan, and a war on drugs which killed more african- americans and destroyed more families than the rest combined. why are we not discussing that there are hundreds of thousands, one-third of the black males in florida cannot vote because of a drug war prohibition conviction. thank you. >> i actually agree with him. to take away someone's constitutional right because they have been convicted of a crime or gone to jail for possessing pot -- we have not figured out how to address that at the federal level. all of these voting rights, including voter i.d. have been state by state by state because the constitution says the criteria for voting is set at the state level. we have not figured out an effective way to address that. >> i agree. >> there have been two executive orders that revoke the rights of citizens to have the right to vote, who have served their time in jail or prison and now they no longer have voting rights because -- >> in the war on drugs has incarcerated millions of people. >> it very brief, i'm an officer and the united states arm
meet a spouse who says, you promised to bring my husband or wife back from iraq. they are back now. every time i see that happen i am reminded of the progress that we made. we have a long way to go, but let me tell you -- when we hear folks say this nation is in decline, they are dead wrong. we have got the best workers in the world. [applause] some of them right here in las vegas. we have got the best entrepreneurs in the world, some of them right here in at las vegas. we have the best scientists, the best researchers, the best colleges, the best universities. we have this incredible diversity that you see all across the country. people from every background, bound together by this faith that we have in this nation. there is not another country on earth that would not trade places with the united states. our problems can be solved and our challenges can be met. i am asking you to choose that view. i am asking you to rally around the goals i laid out at the convention, creating manufacturing jobs and new energy sources, improving our education system, to straighten out our deficit
of this month. you know, he says ending the war in iraq was tragic. i said we'd end that war and we did. i said we'd take out bin laden, and we did. >> usa! usa! >> today all of our troops are out of iraq. we are bringing them home from afghanistan. and as long as i'm commander in chief, we will serve our veterans as well as they served us, veterans like lucas who got his education thanks to post 9/11 gi bill because nobody who fights for this country should have to fight for a job or an education or a roof over their heads when they come home. that's what's at stake in this election. onn onner -- on issue after issue, iowa, romney and ryan will take us back. it's a story of americans moving forward. and soon you'll get a chance to choose a path that will actually lead to a better future. but over the next two months, the other side will spend more money than we have ever seen on ads that basically tell you the same thing they told you at the convention -- the economy is not doing good and it's obama's fault. they know their economic plan is impossible. go figure that raising taxes on middle-c
in iraq was "tragic." i said we'd end that war -- and we did. [applause] i said we'd take out bin laden -- and we did. [applause] >> u-s-a! u-s-a! u-s-a! >> today, all of our troops are out of iraq. we are bringing them home from afghanistan. and as long as i'm commander-in- chief, we will serve our veterans as well as they served us -- [applause] -- veterans like lucas, who got his education thanks to the post- 9/11 gi bill -- because nobody who fights for this country should have to fight for a job or an education or a roof over their heads when they come home. [applause] that's what's at stake in this election. on issue after issue, iowa, governor romney and congressman ryan will take us backwards. but the story of america is about moving forward. and soon you'll get a chance to choose a path that will actually lead to a better future. but over the next two months, the other side will spend more money than we have ever seen on ads that basically tell you the same thing they told you at the convention -- the economy is not doing good and it's obama's fault. [laughter] they know their
-palestinian conflict and the syrian civil war, as well as the afghanistan situation and iraq. host: they do point out at the beginning of the editorial that there is a defense of free speech and condonation of anti- american violence. brad, brunswick, ohio. welcome. caller: the comments that obama was making about foreign-policy and the middle east, i understand what he was saying, but i have a simple question. we might have wars overseas and i am a republican. i have always been a republican. i believe in mitt romney. the only thing that made me question this over the years, in america, the indians, no one ever fights to get their land back for them. i am not allowed to say anything about anyone that i know. they asked me not to make a comment about anyone back here. i just want to say that there is a very important person on the reservation named read the other. you never see him at the u.n., but they are trying to get to that point and get their land back. i wonder why we're not allowed to help them or fight for them. host: a neat, independent line. hello. caller: i do not understand why mitt romn
, for the turks, and the arabs. everyone is talking about syria india like iraq. the syrians feel abandoned by everybody. they tell you, we have to sort it out, nobody cares. most of the demonstrations were peaceful, when violence was being exercised by one side, the government. i do not remember in modern times in arab autocrat bombing his own capital. you mentioned certain cities, in damascus, baghdad cairo. they're being bombed by their own leader. the united states, in the early months of the uprising, could have influenced that. encourage others to provide weapons and others. you always run these risks, but in the end, if we talk about the united states power, we may have lost an opportunity in syria. the other thing is the five countries around syria are important for the united states. iraq, we invested a lot. and then you have jordan, which is a traditional ally of the united states. if the syrian problem is allowed to fester, it will spillover. turkey is a modern, powerful country. you would think all these factors would push in the administration to be more forceful. in terms of s
attacking afghanistan and iraq. trillions of dollars, thousands of americans they lost their lives, tens of thousands of afghanies and iraqis, they lost their life. what was the excuse? weapons of mass destruction. it was a lie. who did it? i don't know. war on terror against the taliban, after ten years now the u.s. is doing its best to negotiate with the taliban how to manage afghanistan. if it was your objective, you could do it at the beginning. i really don't understand what u.s. could gain after two wars. this is exactly the reason i see this would be disaster for the u.s., for iran, for israel to go to the fourth war against a muslim country in the region. first of all, if the target is iranion nuclear program, it may delay. but you would never be able to remove iranian nuclear technology because they have -- this is home made. they have technology, they have knowledge, and if you destroy one facility they would build it tomorrow another facility. this is not the way. and i think that the main loser would be israel. already israel is isolated worldwide. and another war pushed by i
opponent said it was tragic to end the war in iraq. he will not tell us how he will end the war in afghanistan. well, i have, and i will. [cheers] while my opponent will spend more money on military hardware and that our joint chiefs do not even want, i will use the money we are no longer spending on were to pay down debt and put more people back to work, rebuilding roads, bridges, and schools. after two wars, it is time to do some nation building right here at home. [cheers and applause] you can choose a future where we reduce our deficit, without sticking it to the middle class. independent experts say my plan would cut the deficit by $4 trillion. last summer i worked with republicans in congress to cut $1 billion of in spending. those of us to believe government can be a force for good should work harder than anybody to reform it so it is leaner, more efficient, and more responsive to the american people. [applause] i want to reform the tax codes so it is simple, fair, and asks the wealthiest households to pay more at over $250,000. the same rate we had when bill clinton was
like we did and iraq. and using that money to repair our roads, our bridges, our schools. [applause] that alone will create hundreds of thousands of jobs. invest here at home. leeson's own, it is simple. unlike the republican party, and by the way. this is not your father's republican party. as a matter of fact, this is an even mitt romney's father's republican party. seriously, it is not. i worked with republicans in my career. they're not bad guys. this is a different breed of cat. folks, unlike them, we see a future for everyone, rich and poor, does their part and has a part. we see a future. barack and i have committed this to our core where our granddaughters and daughters have every single opportunities that are grandson's have. where social security is protected, where we promote the private sector and not the privileged sector. we see a future where americans leave not only by the example of her power, by the power of for example. a future because we must guarantee a future where we keep the only truly sacred obligation we have as a nation. we only have one truly, sacred obl
skirt about it foreign policy in his speech. in iraq, where my son served for a year, we lost 4488 fallen angels. 32,227 wounded over 16,000 requiring care for the rest of their lives. romney said it was a mistake to end that war by bringing all of our warriors home. in afghanistan, we have lost 1980 fallen angels as of yesterday. i'm precise because every single one of those lives deserves a recognizing. god only knows what happened in the last 24 hours. [applause]. as of yesterday, 17,382 of our warriors have been wounded, some mortal. romney thought the decision that the president of the united states, we have 50 allies working with us, nato and other countries in afghanistan. the president organized them. all 50 of them said, it time to set a date to hand over responsibility to the afghans and bring our 90,000 troops home. [applause]. what did romney say? he said that was a mistake. look i seen these warriors. i have traveled in and out of the afghanistan and iraq over 20 times. i've seen these men and women. i've been up in the operating base above the mountains and above the
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